Hearing the Silent Need: Assessing Children Who Have a Parent With a Serious Mental Illness

Authored by: Harry J. Sivec , Charles A. Waehler , Patricia J. Masterson , Beth L. Pearson

The Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Handbook

Print publication date:  August  2006
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9780805857917
eBook ISBN: 9781315827308
Adobe ISBN: 9781317843474


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Some children do not invite their friends over after school because they are afraid of what their father might say or do. Others wake up during the night and find their mother crying inconsolably with her arms cut and bloody. A youngster can witness her father barricading himself in his room for hours or days while carrying on about unauthorized surveillance that he “knows” is going on. A teenage son may show up at his high school football game exhausted from having to run the four miles to school because his mother is having an “episode” or has one of her doctor’s appointments and was not able to transport him to his game.

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